Tomorrow is Epiphany. Epiphany is January 6th, traditionally marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts and one of the most important. Historically, Epiphany celebrated four things: Jesus’ nativity, the Magi’s visit to the Holy Family, Jesus’ baptism, and Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. The word epiphany means, “a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you”
To me, Epiphany is a time of celebrating the light Jesus has brought into my life. When Jesus was conceived the Light of the World became incarnate, a human being like us in every way except this human being was also eternal God. When I meditate and when I enter into contemplation, I still receive epiphanies through the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to the mystery and significance of the incarnation. When I focus on the visit of the Magi, I am reminded that God’s witness, God’s revelation has been given to others outside of the children of Abraham’s actual linage. I am reminded that all truth is God’s truth.
Jesus’s baptism is also an important point of reflection. I remember my own baptism and the benefits I have received from studying how this act of obedience and covenant has helped many in the spiritual journey. And the wedding of Cana offers insight into how the best is yet to come and that we have not yet fully realized the promise of Jesus’s return for his bride, the Church.
Events like Epiphany help anchor us to a great tradition of faith and spiritual growth. We are richer when we allow such special days to call us to such a great heritage. May the light of this Epiphany bring blessing to you as you seek deeper intimacy with our Lord.